Environmental Literacy Plan for your state and community
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have either passed or are working on some form of an environmental literacy plan for their educational systems. Consequently, there is substantial potential to further improve their depth, scope, and interactivity. Programs such as the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) and the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) exemplify what is possible with environmental education. MAEOE encourages both outdoor learning and the development of green practices in schools, allowing students to take a hands-on approach to learning environmental stewardship with a community focus. MEEA helped to form their state’s ELP, the most recent of which takes a general approach to environmentalism, using all academic subjects as a vehicle for discussion of relevant issues at a local and global scale.
Their examples help to pave the way for other states and communities to engage in cutting-edge environmental education as well. Earth Day Network can help in this work by assisting with the design and implementation of state-specific curriculums. Teaching students about stewardship for their environment with a community focus not only benefits these communities, but also prepares students to be leaders in the growing green movement and to compete in the emerging green economy.
Take Action Now:
Express your support for your state’s Environmental Literacy Plan. Send a letter to your state legislators and local school board encouraging the implementation of environmental education. Your voice can make a difference.